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Alarm over Banbridge street attack

It is appalling that a lone woman could be the victim of a street robbery in any circumstances but a cowardly assault which takes place in broad daylight in a provincial town is particularly disturbing

Police said that the woman was `extremely shaken up' after an attempt was made to steal her bag on Scarva Street in the centre of Banbridge in Co Down yesterday.

They said she was struck twice by the attacker, who was described as about 5'10, with dark hair and pale skin, wearing a blue top and blue jeans, but courageously held on to her possessions.

The perpetrator clearly represents a danger to the public and it is essential that detectives are given every assistance as they set out to bring him to justice.

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